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Makes 1 loaf    Cold  Vegetarian  Dried Fruit  Cakes  Baked Fayre   Caribbean West Indies  Nth America  North American



120ml/4fl.oz. Water

75g/3oz Margarine 

50g/2oz Brown Sugar

120ml/4fl.oz. Molasses

100g/4oz Raisins

450g/1lb Plain Flour

teasp Ground Ginger

tbsp Salt

tbsp Baking Soda

1 tbsp Baking Powder

teasp Ground Cinnamon

1 Egg




1. Preheat the  oven to 180C, 350F Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease a loaf tin.


2. Place the water in a small saucepan, bring to the boil then remove from the heat. 


3. Add the margarine to the water and stir to melt then add the sugar and molasses mixing well then stir in the raisins. Set aside.


4. Sift the flour, ginger, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together into a large mixing bowl.


5. Add the beaten egg and and liquid in the saucepan to the flour and mix well. This will produce a thin batter.


6. Transfer to the prepared loaf tin and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.




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Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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